Best way to revise psychology? Need a lot of advice please.

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I'm starting to get a little stressed about psychology. Can anybody suggest best ways to revise and get it all in my head? Thanks in advance.

Posted Fri 12th April, 2013 @ 18:11 by RFC1871 (Eden32)

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The key thing is to test yourself - that is, to make sure you can produce the info from memory rather than just recognise it. That's why just reading through your notes is largely a waste of time.

You can do this in lots of ways and it pays to find the one that works for you.

1. Create flashcards - either on paper or using a web or mobile app. It's better to create your own cards as this will force you to process the information in your notes. However, if you go to and search on elizabethjay, you'll find some sets created for the AQA(A) AS Spec. (The student who created them got an A a couple of years ago). They're a bit fiddly to download to your own account but it can be done.

2. Mindmaps - try to summarise each topic/part of topic as a mind map using colour and pictures. Then, try to recreate the mindmaps from memory. The pictures will be easier to remember than the psychology and will act as cues. Whilst you're happily colouring in and thinking of pictures, your brain will be processing the psychology.

3. Create a series of powerpoints for each topic. This can combine questions / mindmaps etc. I've never tried this but lots of my successful students have.

When you find the right technique, you'll find you're happier to spend longer revising.

Also very important - focus on the stuff that matters. I only know about AQA(A) but they're way more interested in psychology than names and dates. Therefore don't just learn lists of names if you're doing that spec and don't stress if you forget them. 

Also, look at past papers on the web. They're available for most boards. Print them out, fill them in and give them to your teacher to mark. [That's what they're paid for after all ;)] I also know that for AQA(A) students find it useful to practise writing timed 12 mark essays for each topic from memory after they've revised. Again, get these marked if you can but you can also use them just to test your recall.

Answered Sat 13th April, 2013 @ 11:25 by janet m
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Well hi  RFC1871 (Eden32) I am an AS student and I completed my first exam in January and got 1 mark off an A. 

If you need help with AQA AS then I can help. Others can help for different exam boards.

If you need help with general revision tips then I can help. 

If you are a GCSE student I am sure they are other people to help.

Good luck!

Answered Fri 12th April, 2013 @ 22:37 by Bethany Cunningham
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I've just created flash cards for each of the studies we need to know indepth - I made two sets - one to revise of, and one with quick quizes that my family and friends can use to help me. Really break down all the studies and try to focus on key facts, strengths and weaknesses. Hollah is a great website with loads of info on as psychology - but it helps to prepare revision materials in your own words if you can :/ Start preparing now and you should do great :) If you have all of your revision materials prepared asap then you can use them before the exam rather than trying to make them last minute. Hope that helps :) Good Luck 

Answered Sat 13th April, 2013 @ 21:14 by sophie
Edited by sophie on Sat 13th April, 2013 @ 21:17
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Hi, i am an AS student too. I'm starting to get a bit stressed about revision and exams, so any tips you have would be great. Cheers.

Answered Fri 12th April, 2013 @ 22:50 by RFC1871 (Eden32)
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